The Friends of Casa Feliz are delighted to announce that the Preservation Capen Movement is off and running! The last two weeks have brought some terrific developments in the project to save the Capen-Showalter House by moving the 1885 structure from its current location, by barge, to the beautiful grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens.
Community Leadership Joins Crusade: Leading the charge is an All-Star Team of community leaders, including Lawson Lamar, Thaddeus Seymour, Jack Miles, Barbara DeVane, Ann Hicks Murrah, Chip Weston, Pat Robertson, Stephen Pategas, and 50 years of Winter Park Mayors: David Strong, Kip Marchman, Gary Brewer, Dan Hunter, David Johnston, Allen Trovillion, Terry Hotard and Joe Terranova.
Noted Preservationist To Lead Project: Christine Madrid French has signed on as project director for Preservation Capen. An architectural historian, Chris brings a wealth of experience to the project. Her professional experience includes directing the Modernism + Recent Past program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and directing projects for the National Park Service, the City of Philadelphia and the University of Virginia. She can be reached at email@example.com.
File under ‘S’ for ‘Serendipity’: Museum officials recently discovered that the Capen-Showalter House and the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens are linked by friendship and family ties! Albin Polasek’s closest friends were Percy and Charlotte Capen Eckhart, whose children he immortalized in his art.
The museum’s beloved “Elizabeth” sculpture features the Eckharts’ daughter, who is James Seymour Capen’s niece! The sculptor and his subject are shown at right. Next week, the museum will host Capen descendents Melissa Capen Rolston of Kansas City, Missouri, and Ann Capen Hunt of Eads, Tennessee, for the grand kickoff of Preservation Capen. What a thrill it will be to reunite the Capen and Polasek families!
Join the Team! You can help! Please join us for:
Project Kickoff and Press Event
Thursday, August 8; 12:00 noon
Albin Polasek Museum
633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park
In the meantime, please consider making a donation to this important community-wide effort to preserve one of Winter Park’s most historic homes. Make your contribution here: http://www.polasek.org/donate-to-keep-the-capen/.